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I've kinda just can't stop sometimes. What better to hone some skills thought by putting humpty dumpty's back together again. 

Introducing the Lott Tele. 

What to do?

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Whats this?

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Maybe this?

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This is why men buy tools. 

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This is why some people shouldn't have tools. Lucky I got 98% of a chop job out. A former owner chipped the paint and just a slight nick in the corner didn't clean up. 

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I decided to route the original guard for a strat middle pickup. 

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I think it turned out great! I know it sounds damn good and its itched the strat bug. 

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I did have to leave one little reminder from the previous owner. 

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But you can't get a better guard "aged" to match a guitar thats lived with the pickup since birth. 

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Looks sharp.  Nice work.

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20 minutes ago, Bennyboy-UK said:

Hot rails in the bridge and Esquire it :)

(But having read your post properly now...) it looks very cool and you have made a really versatile guitar!

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Route the neck for a p90 and it will be even more of a beast.

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I wired the three way switch and put the middle and neck pups on their own selector mini switch. So I can B/BM/M or B/BN/N. My next project just arrived Friday and routing it open for the neck at this point I think i'm going to go with a Humbucker with a series/split/parallel switch. 

 

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14 hours ago, Bennyboy-UK said:

Hot rails in the bridge and Esquire it :)

A rail pickup will never dawn another one of my guitars. I wanted to like them but I don't like the tone they produce. The Hot Area T manages to give me something between a Tele and a P90 that I love. The 67 in the middle is bright enough to make that second postion quack but not ice picky when its by itself. I'm always torn if I should put strat singles in the neck, but the sound I get when the bridge and neck are together out way that just having the neck sound that I wouldn't use as much as the middle position. 

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I must be one of the few guitarists in the world who actually really like a Tele neck pickup....Rumpelstiltskin sound great.I’ve heard some others that did not...my AmStd Fender bridge pickup was terrible but the neck was awesome. I like ‘em every bit as much as a Strat neck pickup...maybe more....

Anyway, great work Bubs...I have found that a Nashville Tele set up is extremely versatile and the positions related to the middle pickup sound like...well...a Strat. 

I had one with a PAF in the neck and that just was over the top versatile...and if you split the coils to use with the middle pickup, it STILL sounds just like a Strat (at least mine did) and you Get bucker tones and Tele tones.

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I prefer a Strat type pickup in the neck position on a Tele.  

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I have a Seymour STK3 Bridge, I may order a PGjr to go in the neck. We may try that combination out, but we may not either. I have gotten two requests to build offset guitars, but I know as soon as I give them the price they will back off. I've been lucky enough to have parts, but doing a build out from scratch is good money, you can just buy an offset or telecaster and swap pickups. 

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Teles are a great mod platform that you can mutate into almost anything with a screwdriver and a chisel lol.  I have a quilt-topped alder Tele body with a Clapton profile neck and GFS pickups that were kind of 'meh' so it sat for a couple of years.  I found a Duncan quarter-pounder bridge pickup in my parts pile, ordered up the matching neck pickup. and now it's a daily player along with my DGT.  My favorite tele is still a pine-body with a huge V neck and Duncan Broadcasters, but the quilt top is pretty close just a different flavor (like Jefferson's vs Woodford lol).

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@stonge i'd love to do an ash tele with a big maple neck but I know if won't get played. I am doing one more tele, but I have not decided on the pickup options yet, so it will sit until something comes to me. 

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21 minutes ago, bubs_42 said:

@stonge i'd love to do an ash tele with a big maple neck but I know if won't get played. I am doing one more tele, but I have not decided on the pickup options yet, so it will sit until something comes to me. 

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You had me at ash tele and big maple neck...

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@BubbaVO this one is Alder and will get a 60's neck. I'm thinking Mini Bucker (series/parallel) in the neck but staying with the nashville setup, Aged Hardware, Black Guard. Hum, maybe even two mini and a T Style Bridge. 

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1 hour ago, bubs_42 said:

@stonge i'd love to do an ash tele with a big maple neck but I know if won't get played. I am doing one more tele, but I have not decided on the pickup options yet, so it will sit until something comes to me. 

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LOVE THIS!

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23 minutes ago, bubs_42 said:

@BubbaVO this one is Alder and will get a 60's neck. I'm thinking Mini Bucker (series/parallel) in the neck but staying with the nashville setup, Aged Hardware, Black Guard. Hum, maybe even two mini and a T Style Bridge. 

That sounds fun too.

All this Tele/T-51 talk has me feeling like I'm missing out.  A good Tele will definitely cover my bases. 

I can't help but wonder if a non-floating Johnny Smith style pup would sound good in the neck position. 

Regardless, you're doing good work by saving that Tele.

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I picked up a Squire Classic 50's tele with Glendale saddles and a set of Fishman Fluence Gristletones - those pickups are really nice and versatile. There's a Fender 52 Hot Rod tele in parts in the basement with a Firebird pickup in the neck and a traditional single in the bridge (I could never get the noise out of that one - sounds like a blizzard in the Rockies with any gain - so it'll sit until I decide to try again or put it together to sell). 

Allparts has a nice chunky neck that gets good reviews on the TDPRI; if I wanted out of the box awesome I'd just spec out a new Musikraft blackguard neck though. Lots of choices lol.

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Bubs...scratching that Strat itch?  C'mon...do THIS!!

 

On 1/28/2019 at 1:05 PM, BubbaVO said:

You had me at ash tele and big maple neck...

I slapped together a killer ash Tele/Esquire with a big assed, 1" profile neck.  It's a monstah.  Stike FTW on that finish!

 

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1 hour ago, cmatthes said:

Bubs...scratching that Strat itch?  C'mon...do THIS!!

 

I slapped together a killer ash Tele/Esquire with a big assed, 1" profile neck.  It's a monstah.  Stike FTW on that finish!

 

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Now you're talking!

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@cmatthes that is one Sexy Esquire, but you can forget about the term on a Telecaster. LOL I avoid them like the plague. 

 

I have always wanted to do a Snakehead Tele up, it just never happened for some reason. 

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I built a dual HB Tele/Strat mutt years ago. 1 piece mahogany slab tele style body with a belly cut. Strat fixed bridge with a warmoth boat neck strat headstock figured maple neck. 

Tung Oiled the body. Was a solid sounding guitar but a fun build. You may have inspired me to do another one in the near future...

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Found an old pic. Super simple build but fun for sure. 

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1 hour ago, jtees4 said:

Very cool....I am a Tele and SG guy thru and thru these days.

Funny that you say that, they both sound great and I would even toss in the Hamer Sunburst into that group. If you don't own and old one, I would suggest getting one. 

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25 minutes ago, bubs_42 said:

Funny that you say that, they both sound great and I would even toss in the Hamer Sunburst into that group. If you don't own and old one, I would suggest getting one. 

I would love to own another Hamer, I gave them up years ago when my back got bad and I coukld hardly play any guitar...in fact I bought a 4.5lb Parker Fly which was the only one I could play for awhile. Now I can deal with around 7 pounds....which is what my Tele is. I am aware of the Hamer Artist guitars, I would love to get a beautiful Hamer Artist Custom (flame top), I just can't justify the $$ anymore, I barely play anymore and don't play out anymore either (old guy alert). This one had a nice flame top, my '96 Hamer FM Special. I also had a Studio. Great guitars....I always said...the Hamer USA guitars were the only guitars that needed no upgrading. 

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